Stout with Sweet Potato, Madagascar Vanilla, Cinnamon and Nutmeg
Wonderful, Complex, Individual
Brewed in collaboration with Dr. J Nikol Jackson-Beckham, Diversity Ambassador for the Brewers Association, and The Urban Farming Institute, Wonderful Complex Individual is inspired by the #iamcraftbeer movement. Moved by what we were witnessing online, but unsure what we, as a brewery with a self-admitted lack of diversity, could do to join the conversation, we reached out to Dr. J directly.
Immediately receptive and eager for us to engage, Jackson-Beckham accepted our invitation to visit us at Trillium for a collaborative brew day. Wanting this project to have an immediate, positive influence locally, we reached out to our friends at the Urban Farming Institute, whose values of education, community, and local agriculture align very closely with our own. Founded in 2011, UFI fosters partnerships between urban residents and farmers, with the goal of building a healthier and more locally-based food system. On Monday, January 13th, Dr. J and UFI joined us in Canton to brew Wonderful Complex Individual, a stout with sweet potato, cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla.
Wonderful Complex Individual presents a deep chestnut color with a moderate haze. The aroma is complex and reminiscent of a bakery. Fresh cinnamon sticks, dark chocolate, sprinkled nutmeg, and subtle vanilla create a warm, woven patchwork on the palate. A mild sweetness is balanced wonderfully by just a touch of roasty bitterness. Medium-bodied and incredibly drinkable, Wonderful Complex Individual is a single step on a long road of diversity and inclusion in craft beer.